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What To Watch: TV Picks for October 17-23

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 16th 2011 3:00PM
Harry BelafonteMONDAY, OCTOBER 17

'Terra Nova' (8PM ET, Fox)

When an orphaned "Sixer" girl comes to Terra Nova seeking asylum, the camp is at odds over whether they can trust her; Mira plots to reclaim a valued possession; Taylor begins to suspect there is a traitor in his midst and Reynolds admits his feelings for Maddy.

'Hart of Dixie' (9PM ET, The CW)
As Bluebell is hit by an intense heat wave, Zoe discovers that the hot weather makes everyone act differently and with a lot less inhibition. In fact, it takes all of Zoe's strength to ignore her heat-induced attraction to Wade until it gets the best of her. Meanwhile, Lemon prepares for the arrival of George's family, determined to win them over, but her emotions get the best of her when Lavon shows up to the same restaurant with his date, Didi. (Shirtless Wilson Bethel alert!)

'Sing Your Song' (10PM ET, HBO) special presentation
Filmmaker Susanne Rostock tells the rich life story of artist and humanitarian Harry Belafonte in this feature-length documentary. Though the film touches on Belafonte's musical career, 'Sing Your Song' focuses much of its time on Belafonte's social activism, as he worked intimately with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., mobilized celebrities for social justice, participated in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and took action to counter gang violence, prisons and the incarceration of youth. Those interviewed include Tonny Bennett, Diahann Carroll, Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as Belafonte's family and the artist himself.

'Bachelorette Party: Las Vegas' (10PM ET, Oxygen) series premiere
An eight episode docu-series that promises to bring viewers "the most outrageous bachelorette party experiences, packed with plenty of drama, laughter and jaw-dropping moments." Each week, we'll meet the bride-to-be, her bridal party and closest friends as a VIP event planning team organizes them a night to remember (or maybe one they'll wish they could forget). Here's hoping it's like 'Bridesmaids' meets reality TV.


'The X Factor' (8PM ET, Fox)
special night
The third part of the judges' house round sees the mentors narrow down their contestants to the four acts that each will take to the live rounds for America's votes. Will fan favorites like Stacy Francis and Chris Rene make the cut?

'Ringer' (9PM ET, The CW)
When Bridget cannot get in touch with Gemma, she begins to wonder if something has happened between Siobhan's friend and Henry. Juliet starts a new school, where she defends herself against the school bully and her teacher Mr. Carpenter (guest star Jason Dohring) comes to her rescue. Bridget asks Charlie (guest star Billy Miller) to do her a favor that could come back to haunt her, while Agent Machado looks into Malcolm's disappearance.

'Parenthood' (10PM ET, NBC)
Kristina exhausts herself by diving back into supermom mode while Adam and Crosby prepare their new music studio, in hopes of impressing their first potential client, Cee Lo Green. Meanwhile, Zeek plants doubts in Julia and Joel's adoption plan and Drew takes advice from Amber to move forward with Amy. Meanwhile, Mark (guest star Jason Ritter) continues to feel uneasy with Seth's (guest star John Corbett) involvement in Sarah's life.


Pretty Little Liars'Pretty Little Liars' (8PM ET, ABC Family)
special presentation
It's the Halloween before Alison disappeared and where all of the secrets and lies began for Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer in "The First Secret," a special Halloween-themed episode of ABC Family's hit original series.

'Work of Art: The Next Great Artist' (9PM ET, Bravo)
The artists are inspired by parkour, a movement discipline in which participants maneuver through and around challenging obstacles. Gallery owner and curator Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn guest judges.

'Luther' (10PM ET, BBC America) season finale
Luther has a murderer in custody, a copycat killer on the loose, Toby's body to dispose of and a suspicious Baba to appease. Above all, he must protect Jenny from any further harm.


'The Big Bang Theory' (8PM ET, CBS)

Sheldon competes with the gang for his mother's attention when she comes to visit. Laurie Metcalf reprises her role as Sheldon's high-maintenance mom.

'The Secret Circle' (9PM ET, The CW)
When Jake (guest star Chris Zylka), Nick's absentee brother, shows up in Chance Harbor, he learns a lot has changed since his last visit. For one, the girl he left behind, Faye, has discovered she's a witch and has plans to get even with the handsome guy who broke her heart. To complicate things further, he sets his sights on the alluring Cassie, much to Adam and Faye's dismay.

'Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the Team' (10PM ET, CMT) season premiere
Judge all you want, but cheerleading has always been a guilty pleasure of mine, so I can't deny the fascination I have with this series. The sixth season begins with hundreds of hopefuls auditioning and training for a spot on the team.


'Nikita' (8PM ET, The CW)
Michael discovers that Cassandra (guest star Helena Mattsson), a woman he once romanced under Division orders, is in danger. Feeling guilty for how things ended, he wants to help her, but Nikita suspects that there is more to it than easing his conscience. Amanda manipulates Alex into helping her on a mission but when Sean gets caught in Amanda's web of lies, he begins to doubt Division's true motives.

'Supernatural' (9PM ET, The CW)James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter
With no 'Fringe' airing, casual viewers (and loyal genre fans) should tune in to witness a geektastic 'Buffy' reunion as James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter guest star as a quarreling couple. Sam and Dean meet Maggie Stark (Carpenter), a witch who has unleashed her wrath on a small town, resulting in numerous deaths. Sam and Dean track down her husband, Donald (Marsters), to see if he can help, and Donald tells the brothers that Maggie is mad at him for having an affair and is taking it out on the townspeople.

'Boss' (10PM ET, Starz) series premiere
This drama series follows Chicago Mayor Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer), who holds sway over just about everything in his city. When faced with a terrible secret that threatens to topple his power, his true character is revealed: it's not power that drives Tom Kane, but his fear of losing it. The premiere is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Gus Van Sant.


'The World's Worst Place to Be Gay?' (8PM ET, Logo)
special presentation
In this BBC documentary, British DJ Scott Mills travels to Uganda where the death penalty could soon be introduced for being gay. The gay Radio 1 DJ finds out what it's like to live in a society which persecutes people like him, talks to some of the men who risk their lives every day just by being open about who they are, and meets those who are leading the hate campaign.


'Once Upon a Time' (8PM ET, ABC)
series premiere
One of the most spellbinding pilots of the new season (and perfect for the whole family to watch), 'Once' is the brainchild of 'Lost' producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) knows how to take care of herself. She's a 28-year-old bail bondsperson who's been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby. But when Henry (Jared Gilmore) -- the son she gave up years ago -- finds her, everything changes. Henry is now 10 years old and in desperate need of Emma's help. He believes that Emma actually comes from an alternate world and is Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming's (Josh Dallas) missing daughter. According to his book of fairytales, they sent her away to protect her from the Evil Queen's (Lana Parrilla) curse, which trapped the characters of fairytale world forever, frozen in time, and brought them into our modern world.

'The Good Wife' (9PM ET, CBS)
When Alicia's key witness commits suicide, she must turn to the only person whose testimony can salvage her case: suspected murderer Colin Sweeney (guest star Dylan Baker). Meanwhile, Eli makes big moves on Peter's behalf. Lisa Edelstein guest stars as Celeste Serrano, Will's ex; and Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile guest stars as herself.

'Homeland' (10PM ET, Showtime)
Political powers make big plans to promote Brody as a national hero, but erratic behavior on his part threatens his media image. Elsewhere, a desperate Carrie searches for evidence to link Brody with Abu Nazir, while Saul enjoins her to follow the terrorist financier's money trail.

'Robot Chicken' (11.30PM ET, Adult Swim) fall premiere
The surrealistic stop-motion comedy returns with more risque skits and pop-culture spoofs.

What will you be watching this week?

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crazy ray

Harry as a humanitarian? Come on, he's a vicious racist and bigot. Is there no truth in journalism?

October 17 2011 at 1:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
George Otwori

Monday: 2 broke girls
Tuesday: Ringer, Sons of Anarchy,
Wednesday: Psych, subagatory
Thursday: Prime Suspect
Friday: Grimm, A Gifted Man,

October 16 2011 at 6:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh no House love!! Come on the new season started great!!

On my i-have-to-watch-list is ONCE UPON A TIME.

I deleted The Good Wife from my to watch list after I read a certain spoiler,sorry TGW,bye

October 16 2011 at 6:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I will be watching parenthood and the premiere of once upon a time!!

October 16 2011 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

just a little note... Shannon is the last name of Jim, Elisabeth, and their children on Terra Nova. Unless there's also a separate character named "Shannon," I believe there's an error in the description for this week.

October 16 2011 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to TheTalkingBox's comment

I see what you mean! It's taken from Fox's press release, but even publicists make mistakes - I'll amend!

October 16 2011 at 7:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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